Russia Backs ASEAN's Myanmar Efforts, Criticizes US-led Quad in Veiled Jab

Russia Backs ASEAN's Myanmar Efforts, Criticizes US-led Quad in Veiled Jab

Violence by Myanmar's security forces continues, though, and no ASEAN envoy to Myanmar has been appointed.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet

Russia strongly supports diplomatic efforts by the ASEAN regional bloc to end the post-coup crisis in Myanmar, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said during talks in Jakarta with his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi.

An envoy from the bloc, coupled with Russia's and ASEAN's "coinciding" positions on how to approach the crisis in Myanmar – especially on imposing sanctions – would give additional impetus to joint efforts on Myanmar, he said.

Moscow's top diplomat also took a veiled shot at the Washington-led Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) on the Indo-Pacific. He said the four-member group was attempting to undermine the centrality or lead role of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the region.

Lavrov said there were attempts to create "dividing lines" that undercut ASEAN's lead role in the region – an apparent reference to the U.S.-led Quad, an alliance which Beijing has branded as anti-China.

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